Whatever your fitness goals are and where you are training, getting injured surely is not one of them. The gym is a place where people often dive into and are sometimes unsure of how to use the machines. The main mistake being that people are uneducated about gym use and are trying to do too much too fast, in both reps and weight.
The best thing to do prior you start a gym regime is either hire or have a chat to one of the in house personal trainers to see what you should be doing or how you should be using each machine. If you do not want to enlist the help of a personal trainer you could just do some watching whilst using machines you are happy to be using and see how other people use the gym equipment.
So what are the most common gym injuries that can occur do to over use or mis use?
Feet and Ankle’s
When trying to explain foot and ankle injuries, the culprit usually starts at the top of the body. The feet are the most used part of the body – running and walking but it comes down the the weight that your ankles and feet have to support above.
Your knees are sensitive joints and are are also used quite a bit when walking or running. Knee’s can become sore or injured very easily from an over exertion or to much of one exercise – you just need to be wary and if your knee gets slightly injured it should be rested or it could get a lot worse.
If someone is rounded throughout the day in their upper back, and then they go to the gym and do an overhead shoulder lift standing, their upper back cannot extend properly. They straighten and arch upward from their lower back, which has a nervous breakdown because it’s getting all the stress.
Your shoulders are another part of the body which can be underused throughout the day and when it comes to using them to lift some heavy weights it can cause an injury. Imagine sitting most of the day at your desk typing away and dealing with general duties, do you actually use your shoulders much apart from to support your arms? Be sure to do some timely shoulder rotations throughout the day to blow the cob webs away and keep them free.
The main prevention method to stopping any injuries whilst at the gym is to remember to stretch prior, start slowly when you arrive and to keep your body loose throughout the day.